In my previous blog Etsy Success I touched on teams and some of the best Facebook pages to use for promoting your Etsy store, this article is more Etsy based.
So what exactly is an Etsy team? Etsy teams are the equivalent to Facebook groups, they are an ideal platform to market your Etsy store from.
Where do I find teams? On the computer go to “You”, in the drop down menu you can find your teams. On the mobile app, tap into the 3 lines on your dashboard, teams are in here. I recommend having a good look around using your computer first, as it’s easier to navigate. First things first you’ll need some teams to join! When I’m looking for teams, I look for groups that are very active, if there are hours and days between posts, then it’s not the team for me, I look at the number of members in the team, chances are if there are 10,000 members it’ll be a fast paced team with lots of activities to take part in. Finding teams isn’t always easy, so I look in the Etsy forums and I also ask people for their recommendations. Here is a list of some of the teams I’ve recently joined.
- The Crazy Advertisers Team
- Daily Etsy Sales
- Shameless Advertising
- Happy Etsy Sellers
- Promote Promote Promote
- Do Another Thing (DAT) Team
- ACTIVE ON ETSY
- Affiliate Marketing Team
- Etsy UK.
*** Worth noting, you don’t need the spaces when searching for these teams, for example; Daily Etsy Sales will be DailyEtsySales
Now you’ve applied to some teams and have a starting base to work from, here are a couple of pointers to make things even easier. If you take a look down the left hand side of your screen you’ll see “Your threads”, click into this to view all of the threads you’ve posted in, if you’re taking part in a thread that requires you to return later in the day, you have the function to mark that thread, this is the equivalent of Facebook’s save post function, it’s like a bookmark, it will place these posts in a separate list, simply click into “Marked Threads” to access these posts quickly.
Etsy threads are backwards, quite literally! The newest posts come at the end of the thread, if you post your link you will be taken to the last page, then you can work back from there, it doesn’t take too long to get used to this.
There are 10 links to a page, so if you’re taking part in an activity that requires you to leave 20 hearts, that’s 2 full pages, don’t panic though, 20 is like leaving 2 comments on Facebook in terms of time taken to complete.
There are many different games and activities available for you to participate in, some require short and long links…
Long link; https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/493458205/peridot-tumble-stone-marriage-compassion
Short link; https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/493458205
The difference between the 2 is straightforward enough, the long link will bring up a pretty photographic attachment and you can favourite (leave a heart) quickly without leaving the thread page. Short links require you to open another window to view the item, this increases your shops views as well as the amount of favourites, each post will specify what type of link you need to leave, so pay close attention to the wording in the original post.
There’s a post that says ‘favourite 10 shops above you’ but all the comments just say ‘done’. All you need to do here is click to the last page in the thread, have a look at the person above you, you will see their name and business name, this is all next to their photo/icon so for me it will have my logo, Nicky Collins and MysticalForest UK, click into the business name and favourite the shop, go back on your browser and continue up the list till you have visited 10 shops, then leave your “done” comment for the next 10 visitors to leave their love for you.
Most of all, have fun experimenting and finding what works for you and your business, everyone is different, with different niches and experiences, there is no right or wrong way to network as long as you’re active, keep your products in public view and follow the thread/team rules, the sales will roll in, having a well set up store is essential to your ongoing success and you can read more on that Here.
If there is anything you’d like to know that I haven’t covered please leave me a comment.